How to Grow A Flourishing Herb Garden

Thinking of creating your very own herb garden? There are countless benefits to having your own stock of delicious herbs. Never again will you curse yourself for not picking up some basil for that recipe! And growing herbs is so easy that it will feel like cheating. 

As well as adding great flavour to your meals, nurturing and caring for plants can have positive mental health benefits, not to mention the feeling of accomplishment when you see those first leaves appearing. Here are some tips on getting started and maintaining a flourishing herb garden.

Deciding a Location

The first consideration in how to grow a herb garden is location. Herb gardens are great because they’re so versatile - whether inside or out, the plants will grow. No matter where they sit, ensure that the plants are growing in well-draining soil, normally with a compost mix to provide extra nutrients. As much sunlight and water as possible are ideal for most herbs, so consider that when you’re planning your herb garden layout.

Inside: If you have no outside space, a sunny windowsill or corner will be a great place to grow your plants. It’s important to make sure that the inside spot gets plenty of sunshine and that the pot allows for excess water to drain - you don’t want to drown your herbs. Plus, if you choose to create an inside garden, herbs can grow year-round as they’re not affected by fluctuations in weather and temperature.

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Outside: An outside spot will provide you herbs with more space to grow and the outside conditions typically grow herbs with stronger flavours. When choosing a location, consider how sheltered the plants will be from wind, how much sunlight they will receive and also how convenient it is for you to collect - after all, they’re there to be used!

What to grow?

What you decide to grow is entirely up to you. Personal preference is a huge aspect, so grow what you want to eat. If there is a particular herb that you buy and use frequently, this is a great addition to your garden. Here are some popular choices:

  • Mint: Mint is an attractive plant to be used to add fragrance to meals or for medicinal use all year round. Mint should have its own container, as it can take over your garden if you’re not careful. It can also act as a deterrent to mice and deer.
  • Thyme: Easily grown from cuttings, this hardy plant loves the heat and can survive without constant watering. Thyme is a popular herb in the kitchen, so is sure to save you some money in the weekly shop. 
  • Rosemary: Another plant best grown from cuttings, Rosemary is an evergreen plant that can be used fresh or dry. This plant prefers dryer roots, to well-draining soil is essential, and be aware that it will not take kindly to cold temperatures - it’s best to move these plants inside during winter months.
  • Flat-leaf Parsely: Also known as Italian Parsley, this herb is a delicious addition to soups, salads and sauces. Parsley can be grown from seed in temperate conditions, but extreme sun and warm temperatures are to be avoided, so a window-sill is an ideal location.

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Start growing

When you have chosen your favourite herbs for your herb garden, it’s time to get growing. A little research is important here as to whether they will grow best from seeds or baby plants. Plants like mint and rosemary will grow well from cuttings, so asking around your friends and family is a quick and cheap way to begin growing. 

 

Enjoy your harvest

Some herbs grow faster than others and patience is a key part of growing any plant. If you have chosen a good location with the right conditions for your plants, this will speed up the growing process and improve the flavour of your herbs. Most of the plants mentioned here are hardy and will actually improve from you taking cuttings, so don’t be worried about damaging them too much. When your herbs are big enough, feel free to use them as much as you like! 

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